Vectidraco daisymorrisae

The photo at the start of my blog shows me holding a fossil that I found in 2008 when I was 4 years and 7 months old, I found it when I was out on a fossil hunt with my family at Atherfield beach on the Isle of Wight, where I live. I took the fossil to a local fossil expert who then took it to Southampton University for more experts to look at it.

The fossil took a long time to be checked and identified but in 2013 when I was 9 it was officially named and released as a new species. The new pterosaur was named ‘Vectidraco daisymorrisae’, the first part of the name means ‘Isle of Wight dragon, while the species name is named after me. As I discovered the specimen I decided to donated it to The Natural History Museum in London in 2011.

Some of the photos are of  me and my family when we took the fossil up to The Natural History Museum to donate it. Lorna Steel invited us to have a look out the back of the museum to see some of the other pterosaurs they have. She told me that my fossil would be sharing a draw with some of Mary Annings pterosaur fossils, she was a fossil hunter in Victorian times.

After the release of the new find everyone in the world wanted to know about how I had found it, about my collection of fossils and bones and wanted to speak to me about it. I have been on Newsround, The One Show and Canadian news (by Skype video), done loads of radio interviews, been in the newspapers in Britain, India and Hong Kong and children’s  magazine’s in Germany and Britain, spent the day with Barney and crew from Blue Peter and appearing on there as well.

I have also been made the Children’s Ambassador for Visit Isle of Wight and had a part in an advert for the Isle of Wight which was shown on ITV.

Martin Simpson has written a children’s book about how I found the fossil; it has some brilliant illustrations in it the book it is called Daisy and The Isle of Wight Dragon.

Last year was very busy.

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Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Festival 2013

On Sunday 27th October 2013 I did a fossil walk for the Autumn walking festival. When everyone had arrived we took a group photo.

We set of on our walk it was really windy and cold, while we where walking to the beach there was a massive hale storm, we all had to face the other way, I got soaking wet. When it stopped we carried on, we had to walk down a long path down to the beach. There was a massive deep puddle at the bottom, so we had to go back to the cars and drive to a different beach.

When we arrived we walked down a small path and managed to get onto the beach. We walked all the way to end which is called Hanover Point, Martin Simpson said who ever finds an Iguanodon footprint the size of your hand or one that you can carry, you can keep it. I didn’t find any but my sister Lily found one. When we where all walking back to the car, I thought I found a footprint  but I don’t think it is! We all had a great time even though we were all wet.

I did a collection for the Godshill RSPCA home we raised £45 they where very pleased. Thank you to every one that came. 😀

Well Dressing In My Village

In Whitwell we have an old well that gets decorated once every year, this is called well dressing, it is a traditional Pagan celebration.They have different things on it every year.

This year one of the ladies who decorates it asked me if I had a drawing of the new pterosaur I had found which had been named after me, and was it ok for them to write about me for the well dressing. They copied my drawing using petals from flowers and put other dinosaurs on there as well. First they have to soak the wooden board, then the wet clay is put in and decorate it with flower petals and leaves.

In the photos you can see me standing by the board they decorated. My pterosaur is at the very top of the board, it all looks beautiful.

Red Funnel Dinosaur Island Archway Opening

Red Funnel Ferries asked me if I would have my photos taken with Blackgang Chines dinosaurs. They wanted me to walk on and off the ferry with them and to stand by their new Dinosaur Island archway that cars have to drive under when they use the ferries.

I said yes, so they sent me some tickets to get over to Southampton. I really liked walking the dinosaurs on the ferry it was fun. We had to have lots of breaks as the people inside the dinosaur suits where getting really hot.
Here are some photos that the photographer took on the day.

Blackgang’s dinosaur release

On the 1st August I got invited to Blackgang Chines release of the Dinosaur. They are two big baby T-rex’s, like the ones in the show Walking with Dinosaurs, one is a girl they have called Sheila and the other one is a boy called Shadow. The dinosaurs are fantastic and look real, I really enjoyed seeing them and having my picture taken with them. The photos they took of me with the dinosaurs are to use for advertising, one of them is on Blackgang Chines face book page.

After that I was invited into the park so I could spend the day having fun with my family. There was loads and loads of things to do, but I loved looking at and sitting on the Dinosaurs in the park and the new Dodo land.
Blackgang Chine has been open for 170 years and is Britain’s oldest theme park, the first attraction was the skeleton of a whale that had got washed up on the local beach. I wanted to go and see the whale as I collect bones and skulls and I would probably never be able to get a whale skeleton, but I would love to have one. It was really big and awesome, I have put some pictures on my blog to show you how big it was. The tail had been preserved and it was interesting to read that Alexander Dabell who started Blackgang Chine, found the washed up whale and sold of all the blubber first then bleached the bones and put them on display.

Blue Peter 12th June 2013

On the 12th June 2013 Blue Peter came round my house to film me. I got to meet David, he was the director and camera man, Lauren she was the film researcher, Nigel he was the sound man, and Barney the presenter, they were all really nice and friendly.

First David filmed me walking up stairs and going into my bedroom then looking at my collection, then he filmed me on my bed looking at my soft toy dinosaurs. When we had finished filming that, I asked Barney if he would like to see my collection of fossils, skulls and natural history things. We talked about my collection and he told about some of the brilliant things he had seen. That is when mum took a picture of me and Barney.

Then we drove to Shepherds Chine to do the interview on the beach where I found my fossil. We had a break at lunch time, we all went to the 7 Cafe in Brighstone, my lunch was delicious. We then drove to Brook Chine beach to do some more filming, when we were down the beach I found a Ballan Wrasse head, which I am going to clean up so I can have the skull.

The weather was horrible, but it was good, as you can find more fossils because they get washed out the cliffs. I had great fun filming and looking for fossils with Blue Peter. We finished at about 4.15pm then Barney gave me my Blue Peter badge, we all said goodbye and went home.

I am going to be on Blue Peter on Thursday 20th June 2013 at 5.30 on CBBC channel.

A Ballan Wrasse is a fish which can be 50cm long, it is our most colourful Wrasse, it is found inshore on rocky coasts. The adult has a thickest body and a long dorsal fin of all the Wrasse. It’s colour is marbled reddish brown or green.

Me meeting Martin from Newsround

On Wednesday 29th May I went to the beach to do some filming for Newsround. I met Martin who is the presenter and Rowan, she was the camera lady, they were both really nice and friendly. They filmed a bit at the top of the beach and then we walked down the beach to see what we could find. Rowan filmed us looking for things and Martin Simpson showed us the trace fossils of some dinosaur footprints.

I found some fools gold, a dead black headed gull and a crab claw. The Fools Gold I found was the best I have ever found because it is pure Fools Gold (Pyrites), normally I find it stuck to some fossilized wood.

Then we walked back and Martin the presenter interviewed me and my sister Poppy. We had a great time, the film is going to be on Newsround in July and the interview with me and Poppy is going to be on Newsrounds web page.